Lemonnier (Lavaux-Sainte-Anne, Belgium)

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The place

Restaurant Lemonnier is a gastronomic restaurant set in the quiet village of Lavaux-Sainte-Anne in the Namur province Namur in Belgium. It is awarded with a score 17/20 in the Gault&Millau. The restaurant is established in a stone house building that was once the village house of Baroness Lemonnier and the hunting lodge of the castle of Lavaux-Ste- Anne. On the first floor of the building, nine boutique rooms are available for the guests. The cosy guest rooms offer all mandatory amenities, great comfort and a regional charm.

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Restaurant Lemonnier consists of several dining rooms including a lounge for cocktails, a guest table for special events and a beautiful garden. A wide terrace opens out onto the garden with a pond, fruit trees and lots of green. The setting is clean, stylish and contemporary, combining authentic and modern elements. Regional antiques and artwork are presented in an interior with light oak, local stones, clay and wide windows overlooking the garden. Craft crockery is created by Coraly Sepulchre especially for restaurant Lemonnier. A visit to the restaurant is an invitation to dive into the heart of a region.

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The chef & the food

Tradition meets dare in the kitchen, where Chef Eric Martin and his son, Chef Tristan Martin, prepare the food together. A kitchen with character(s), merging the best of both sources. Home-made innovation is always key in the product driven cooking style from the chefs. A kitchen focused on high quality products and seasonal specials.

Chef and owners Tristan and Eric Martin

Lemonnier is known for their special meals during the hunting season and has become one of the hunting season’s hotspots in Belgium. Another trademark is the cooking in clay. A good example is the mullet fish, that has been cooked in clay with herbs, and which is opened at the table. It is served with a white butter sauce, green beans, fennel and artisan sausage.

Sommelier Frédéric Cabut integrates interesting wine pairings into the menus, completing the purity of the dishes from the chefs. Service is in the restaurant is calm and professional, comforting the guests.

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We had dinner at Lemonnier in April 2016 and had the following menu:

Amuses

Vitello tonnato with pickled vegetables

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Salmon, cabbage and mustard

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Couscous with cauliflower and beef, broccoli and Parmesan

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Broth of mushrooms, clams and dashi

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Menu

 

Tartar of wild sea bream, sea spider, gel of the broth, celeryn and cream cheese mayonnaise

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Gray mullet cooked in clay with herbs, white butter sauce, green beans, fennel and artisan sausage

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Veal sweetbreads, combined with razors, cockles, spring onion broth, leeks, and nori

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Lamb, baked asparagus, asparagus espuma, parmesan

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Side dish: Navarin, artichoke, carrot, tomato and bacon

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Cheese selection

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Araguani chocolate, pink grapefruit, apple, grape, barberry, lime

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Mignardises
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The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience

A meal at Lemonnier is an experience you know what to expect of. You are situated in one of the best settings available in the area, having a quality feast both for your eyes and taste buds. The love of the soil is expressed in the dishes that combine an authentic kitchen with modern twists. A visit to Lemonnier is especially recommended in the hunting season, when you will enjoy some of the best game in Belgium.

Belgian Taste Buds:

–        Food Buds                                                        7.5/10

–        Wine Buds                                                         7.5/10

–        Price/Quality Buds                                           8.5/10

–        Service Buds                                                    8/10

–        Experience Buds                                             7.5/10

Lemonnier
Rue de la Baronne Lemonnier 82
5580 Lavaux-Sainte-Anne
Belgium
Phone: +32 84 38 88 83
www.lemonnier.be

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